Fans Petition Lucasfilm To Replace Carrie Fisher With Meryl Streep In Episode IX


Babybitt reports:

Mark Hamill and Kennedy both revealed that Leia’s role in Episode 9 was planned to be hugely important and central to the ending of the Skywalker saga. Killing her off-screen simply won’t be acceptable.

This leaves the tricky task of recasting the role. A new petition online has already raised thousands of signatures for Meryl Streep to replace her friend.

It says: “As the fans of STAR WARS and Carrie Fisher, we really want Leia to shine in Episode IX and we certainly do not want her to be written out of the film abruptly without a reasonable plot. Therefore, recasting Leia is a more ideal option for us and we believe that Meryl Streep is an ideal candidate to play Leia.”

The two stars became great friends when Streep ‘played’ Fisher in Postcard From The Edge.
The movie was written by Carrie Fisher and based on her semi-autobiographical novel about growing up with a famous mother, Debbie Reynolds. Streep’s character Suzanne Vale was based on Carrie Fisher herself.

Who beter to bring the story of Leia to a fitting end?

The petition adds: “We strongly believed that she is the best hope for us to see the legacy of Carrie Fisher in Episode IX. May the force be with Carrie Fisher, Meryl Streep and Princess Leia.”

This is actually a fantastic idea.  I can’t think of a better way for Lucasfilm to rid itself of any remaining legacy fans than casting Meryl freakin’ Streep.  She’s absolutely guaranteed to say multiple stupid things on the PR circuit.  This could very well give the Star Wars franchise the merciful death it needs right now.

Just please, dear God, don’t put her in a gold bikini.


What preposterous feats will she accomplish with the Force?

As of this writing, the petition stands at 7,831 signatures with a goal of 8,0000, and you can sign it here.  I did.


Mark Hamill does not approve of recasting Princess Leia with Maryl Streep, as The Hollywood Reporter reports:

“I don’t know what the specific plans were for that character, but since Han was more prominent in VII, Luke was more prominent in VIII, we assumed that Leia would be more prominent in IX, especially with the dynamic of Kylo Ren being her son,” Hamill explained during a recent interview with Collider. “I think it would be tough recasting because she’s so indelibly linked to that character.”

He continued, “They’ve already ruled out the idea of computer generating her performance like they did with Peter Cushing, so gee, that’s got to be a really, not an insurmountable problem, but … I know the script had been developed enough so when we lost her they had to go back to square one. She’s irreplaceable as far as I’m concerned.”

Only one thing is for sure.  If Mark Hamill’s instincts are saying one thing, the fine brain trust at Lucasfilm is likely to do the exact opposite.

3 thoughts on “Fans Petition Lucasfilm To Replace Carrie Fisher With Meryl Streep In Episode IX

  1. I don’t remember if I’ve posted my idea here before, but here’s a thought:

    Force ghost Luke appears to Leia (seen from the back) and says, “There are still seven thousand systems in the New Republic who have not bowed to the First Order. It’s time for you to join the Force with me, and together we will help those who are left here to find them.”

    He takes her hand and they disappear together, leaving her empty clothes in a heap.

    She is now featured throughout the film as a disembodied voice (maybe by her daughter?)

    Opening the movie like that would get my attention because it makes the goal clear, that of uniting what’s left of the New Republic.

    Too bad they didn’t go with an alien invasion just for variety.

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    • to be honest, for my tastes, the whole First Order vs. Resistance scenario is too fan-ficish. It reminds me of the Star Wars knock off films from about 1978 to 1984, where they painted motocross gear to look like stormtroopers.

      I would have preferred to have seen a civil war evolve in the power vacuum that the defeated Empire leaves behind, with conflict between multiple factions, and students in Luke’s Jedi School taking different sides.

      I think then an Episodes X – XII trilogy, could then show a newly established Republic out of that civil war. That’s when you bring in the alien invasion from wherever. Just when they finally get peace, it gets tampered with by an outside influence.


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